Category: Film and Music


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It’s been a very busy month for the ÉCU team – as it always is at the end of the year. Between some chocolate cakes and some Portuguese cupcakes we found the time also to shoot some funny videos, but spent most of the time watching film submissions.

We shoot a lot in this month – from EICAR – The International Film & Television School Graduation Ceremony, where we saw the creatures of a lot of very promising filmmakers (which we hope to see submitted to ÉCU soon), to the fantastic evening at the International Chamber of Commerce for their 2016 Photographic Awards. We saw some beautiful photographs along the current theme of #PeoplePlanet and we had some great food cooked by Les Cuistots Migrateurs, thanks to the work of some very talented chefs hailing from migration countries. ÉCU Team is also a master of combining fun and work: we spent a day in Batofar, where we had the chance to see indie rock band Belle Roscoe perform. This brother sister duo really offered us a great performance and a perfect occasion for shooting the magic of the moment!

This month was so full that we could not visit them but a lot of our festival partner took place and we always have a look of what happens in them. In Italy D.E-R, an association of documentary filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna, held its 10th edition in the inspirational city of Bologna.

In Berlin instead, took place the Award Ceremony of the Around Film Festival is a network based film collective that gathers international colleagues all around. Flying to Netherlands, we could have seen the movies of the Eindhovens Film Festival, an independent and non-commercial festival that prides itself on searching for “artistically free” independent filmmakers who make statements and choose unconventional storylines.

Although our international staff went home for Christmas, some of us stays in Paris waiting for your film submissions! Our Regular Deadline is on the 31st of December. We think submitting your film is the perfect way to spent an amazing New Year’s Eve and look forward for 2017!


ECU-logo-2016-BLACK_small-150x150The European Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce that this year ÉCU has partnered up with The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche! Not only you can stay close to the Les 7 Parnassiens cinema, where ÉCU screenings will take place but receive special deals during the festival weekend!

Four-star style and unparalleled convenience blend seamlessly at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. The hotels features an ideal location on the renowned Left Bank, allowing for simple access to the best of Montparnasse and the surrounding area as well as Les 7 Parnassiens cinema! You can make yourself comfortable in a recently redesigned hotel rooms and suites; all accommodations provide first-class amenities, with select rooms offering views of the beautiful Paris cityscape. In addition, the hotel showcases traditional French Bistro cuisine at a signature restaurant, R’Yves, and a fully equipped fitness center. The Marriot Rive Gauche hotel proudly offers over 50,000 square feet of elegant, flexible venue space, as well as first class planning and catering services.The only thing you have to do is to click this link to make your reservation.

Enjoy your stay and see you at the 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival!

Rock en Seine 2016!

Rock en Seine

By Kayla Flores

Wow what a weekend! This year’s Rock en Seine truly set a standard for summer music festivals. With various activities, food, bars, and more along with one of the best line ups for rock music, Rock en Seine was a smash hit!

Friday’s big acts being The Last Shadow Puppets, Breakbot, Two Door Cinema Club, Clutch, and Damien Jr. Gong Marley. Amongst the big names, Friday truly held an impressive list. Saturday was not disappointing either, with great acts including Wolfmother, Beau, Bring Me The Horizon, Grand Blanc, La Femme, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, L7, and Massive Attack. Wolfmother truly rocked out and engaged with the crowd. Beau performed at the Pression Live stage drawing in fesitval goers with their eclectic sound. Heather and Emma of Beau, had great energy on stage.  Beau even surprised fans with a new song! Throughout the terrible heat, attendees were able to stay cool with snow cones, ice cream, and sporadic water fights! It was quite a fun time.

With the intense heat continuing into Sunday’s festivities, the staff continued to make a bearable environment by providing splash zones near the stages as well as the whole park held water stations allowing festival goers to fill up and stay hydrated. Sunday started off with Maestro who was unique in his sound and kept the early crowd entertained. Blues Pills performed on the main stage and drew in a large crowd, despite the heat, with a high number of music lovers taking shelter in the shade while their favorite bands performed. Kevin Morby was excellent in his ability to pull a crowd with his beautiful voice. KillASon is a French rapper, whom performed all his work in English attracting the international crowd. He truly is a performer as he danced all around the stage and entertained everyone in the audience. Going from the rap world to the heart of Harlem with Gregory Porter allowed for a great transition to calm down once again. The saxophone and piano skills of his band were exceptional and captured the majority of festival goers as he paid tribute to the lives lost in the world this past year. Following the wonderful jazz, we moved to see Miike Snow, an up and coming hit maker in the electro pop world. With many hits already, Miike Snow showed his versatility and performed a great show. Then it was time to reminisce of the simpler times in the early 2000s for any American teenager, it was time for Sum 41. Performing all their early hits, as well as announcing an album release in October, the crowd was ecstatic jumping up and down and singing along to all of Sum 41’s hit songs as well as recent work.

After using up quite a bit of energy, it was time to grab some food. Dining options at Rock en Seine were endless. International options including cuisines from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, as well as North America. Essentially a taste of the world. We decided to hit the Burrito Truck creating beautiful chicken burritos and nachos with jalapenos as well as grabbing some refreshing beer. Finishing up our grub, we ran over to see the one, the only, the legend. Iggy Pop. In true fashion, Iggy got the crowd rowdy and loud! It was a special event to see this man perform live. With such energy and excitement, we caught up with CHVRCHES and calmed down to their synthpop sound. The final act was none other than, Foals. Having the opportunity to see them live at a festival earlier this summer, it was awesome to end the summer with Foals again. What a treat. These guys truly speak to the crowd with their high energy, engaging conversation pieces, and all around great vibes.

IMG_8177Rock en Seine was everything and more. With great staff, amazing food, the best line up of artists, and a thought out layout allowed for ease for festival goers. Acoustics were on point allowing performances to be held in similar time slots, but not interrupting each other.

Great job, until next summer. Rock en Seine 2016, rock on!

Festival Recap: This is Not a Love Song

FOALS LIVE at TINALS

FOALS LIVE at TINALS

By Kayla Flores

What a Festival! Taking place at the Paloma venue, in Nîmes this past weekend of June 3-5, 2016. Consisting of 3 days and nights of various international indie and rock groups, organic vendors, and great beers, this festival in the south of France truly is a great time. Compared to festivals in the United States, such as Coachella, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza, TINALS can be ranked amongst them in terms of quality, music selection, and organization. I would say pricing was reasonably cheaper in comparison, but it is also a smaller event with bands performing in the later afternoon and nighttime. Saturday and Sunday had two groups play in the early afternoon inviting anyone to come listen, free of charge. The eco-friendly festival provided various activities such as flower headband crafts, games, Elvis ordaining weddings, even a ‘50s style hair cut for men. It was truly a unique experience. Below is a short recap of some of the bands that performed this weekend. Enjoy!


Friday, June 3

CHOCOLATE- Arriving a bit late due to traffic, Chocolate was the first band we got to enjoy on opening night! Not only did they really wail, with excellent guitar solos, Chocolate provides great energy, and the crowd was loving it.

FOALS- As one of the closing acts, Foals was probably one of the most popular bands that headlined the festival itself. With the crowd singing along, Foals really gave a great performance. With an excellent presence and production team, they put on a great show with the effects of color and light techniques.


Saturday, June 4

MY GREAT BLUE CADILLAC- One of the early afternoon acts, My Great Blue Cadillac was able to pull in festival goers with their intense sound. Arriving early, we enjoyed some beer awaiting the next group when My Great Blue Cadillac began with chants drawing in a crowd quickly. They really put out a lot of energy in their performance. Lead vocals alternating between the two members, Eddy and Louise, was energetic. Lyrical emotions were greatly executed in the performance. With alternating vocals, they also switched instruments (guitar and drums) effortlessly for each song, and their chemistry on stage allowed the dup to deliver a hauntingly kickass performance. Ending their act with Eddy smashing his drum sticks into the drum, while chanting their name he finished with destroying the guitar as well.

SHEER MAG- Another opening act, Sheer Mag really kept up the energy with the impending rain storm approaching and was able to keep the crowd. The early afternoon slot leaves for a guessing game of who’s who but they pulled a great crowd with their sound. Good vibes. Garage band feel with the energy of a closing group! Truly ‘party time, excellent’ as Wayne would say… Their ability to pull a crowd in the rain was remarkably reflective of their energy. Reminded me of summer rock shows in California. Positive energy all the way and great sound!

PALEHOUND- The band opened with a sultry whispering melodic and dramatic song. A huge crowd was awaiting prior and the American band killed it. Minor sound issues but the band was able to pull through. I would describe this band as a Rilo Kiley meets a garage heroin group. The band was truly thankful for the opportunity to be apart of the line up, and lead singer, Ellen Kempner even shared some debut creations, performing two songs solo.

LUSH-Raining in from the United Kingdom and performing on the main outdoor stage, Lush had great energy and even sang one song in French with the help of a translated lyric board.

DIRTY FENCES- This Brooklyn band is truly unique. With members who can really play their instruments, you can definitely hear the influences of the Ramones in their sound. Great energy!

PARCELS- Coming from England, Parcels truly is groovy-rock at its finest.

AIR- French electro-pop band was really a group that has created a sound that seduces your ears and forces you to sway to the beat. Featured on the soundtrack for “The Virgin Suicides”, they returned to touring and joined the TINALS lineup.

HER- One of my favorite performances of the weekend. Positive energy and a great dynamic between the two front mans. Alternating lead vocals, they could really hit some high notes. Engaged the crowd and got them dancing and singing along.

Sunday, June 5

STEVE GUNN BAND- As one of the openers for the festival was alive and soothing. Almost country rock and pulled in a great crowd with great the great weather

QUETZAL SNAKES- This band was psychedelic rock. French band who truly gave good vibes with their sound. With three guitars, one bass, and drums they started getting everyone’s head bobbing. Garage meets psychedelic they had an interesting sound…

METZ- Their performance had crowd surfers galore. This band really gave the crowd some energy!

PORCHES- With the use of synthesizers and folk guitar, Porches gave a soothing performance.

LUKE WINSLOW KING- This New Orleans blues band was a big hit in the early afternoon. The band really drew a crowd, getting everyone singing and dancing along. Bass guitarist was extremely engaging with the crowd and the band seemed to have just as much fun as the crowd.

PARQUET COURTS- A group from Texas, this group really pulls elements and the personality of iconic bands like Pavement with Some Strokes and Sonic Youth, you have Parquet Courts. Personally, I hear a similar sound to the band Cake, slow and mellow but they can rock out.

TORTOISE- A group of 6 individuals conquered the stage with their post-rock sound. Composed of two drums, two keyboards, and alternating guitars and various other instruments, void of vocals, they sure have an interesting sound.

BEACH HOUSE- Ending not only the night but the entire weekend with this dream pop, the electronic duo created magic. With amazing sound and lightening choreographed, Beach House suspended time.

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Underlying greatness of this festival was its contributions to an eco-friendly cause. Each guest was given a coupon for a free goblet /day promoting the decrease in usage of cups per person (cost 1€ for cup) and its recycle bins located throughout the park. They had dry toilets which eliminated the usage of water and instead provided bags of hay to absorb the components and would later be used as manure. For food, they had various food trucks featuring vegetarian, vegan, and organic cuisines such as burgers, ‘Mexican’ food, falafel and more.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE LINEUP, CHECK OFFICIAL TINALS WEBSITE: https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/edition-2016/lineup/

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EUROPEAN FESTIVALS SUMMER 2016

Festival season is upon us! If you live or are planning to travel to Europe this summer, we have compiled a list of exception music events happening this summer! Below are a variety of events that will have groups from around the world performing rock, alternative, metal, folk, and more! You can visit the websites provided for each event to check out the artist roster and purchase tickets.


JUNE

Rock Im Park

Nürnberg, Germany

03 June -  05 June

http://www.rock-im-park.com/

This Is Not a Love Song

Nîmes, France

03 June – 05 June

https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/

Sweden Rock Festival

Sölvesborg, Sweden

08 June -11 June

http://www.swedenrock.com/

Nova Rock Festival

Nickelsdorf, Austria

09 June -  12 June

http://www.novarock.at/

PinkPop

Landgraaf, Netherlands

10 June -  12 June

http://www.pinkpop.nl/2016/

Download Festival

Paris, France

10 June – 12 June

http://www.downloadfestival.fr/fr

Hellfest Summer Open Air

Clisson, France

17 June-19 June

http://www.hellfest.fr/en/the-festival/

Graspop Metal Meeting

Dessel, Belgium

17 June - 19 June

https://www.graspop.be/nl/

INmusic festival

Zagreb, Croatia

20 June -  22 June

https://www.inmusicfestival.com/

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury, UK

22 June - 26 June

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Copenhell

Copenhagen, Denmark

23 June -  25 June

http://copenhell.dk/

Solidays Festival

Paris, France

24 June -  26 June

http://www.solidays.org/

Hurricane Festival

Bremen, Germany

24 June -  26 June

http://www.hurricane.de/

Southside Festival

Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany

24 June -  26 June

http://www.southside.de/

Roskilde

Roskilde, Denmark

25 June -  02 July

http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/

Volt Festival

Sopron, Hungary

29 June - 02 July

http://sziget.hu/volt_english

Provinssirock Festival

Seinäjoki, Finland

30 June -  02 July

http://www.provinssi.fi/

Rock Werchter

Werchter, Belgium

30 June -  03 July

http://www.rockwerchter.be/nl

Open Air St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Switzerland

30 June -  03 July

http://www.openairsg.ch/

JULY

Eurockéennes de Belfort
Belfort, France
01 July -  03 July
http://festival.eurockeennes.fr/

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Helsinki, Finland
01 July -  03 July
http://www.tuska-festival.fi/

Rock for People
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
03 July -  05 July
https://www.rockforpeople.cz/

Exit Festival
Novi Sad, Serbia
07 July -  10 July
http://www.exitfest.org/sr

Bilbao BBK Live
Bilbao, Spain
07 July - 09 July
http://bilbaobbklive.com/en-us/home

Ruisrock Festival
Turku, Finland
08 July - 10 July
http://www.ruisrock.fi/

Bospop
Weert, Netherlands
09 July - 10 July
http://www.bospop.nl/

Vieilles Charrues Festival
Carhaix, France
14 July -  17 July
http://www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/2016/

Woodstock Festival Poland
Kostrzyn, Poland
14 July - 16 July 2016
http://www.woodstockfestival.pl/

Truck Festival
Oxford, UK
15 July -  17 July
http://www.truckfestival.com/

Ilosaarirock Festival
Joensuu, Finland
15 July -  17 July
http://www.ilosaarirock.fi/2016/

Suikerrock
Tienen, Belgium
29 July -  31 July
http://www.suikerrock.be/

Indietracks
Ripley, UK
29 July - 31 July
http://www.indietracks.co.uk/

AUGUST

Arenal Sound
Castellón, Spain
04 August 07 August
http://www.arenalsound.com/

Wacken Open Air
Wacken, Germany
04 August -  06 August
http://www.wacken.com/

Lokerse Feesten
Lokeren, Belgium
05 August - 14 August
http://www.lokersefeesten.be/

Off Festival
Katowice, Poland
05 August -  07 August
http://off-festival.pl/

Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary
10 August -  17 August
http://szigetfestival.com/

La Route du Rock
Saint-Malo, France
11 August -  14 August
http://www.laroutedurock.com/

Rocco del Schlacko
Püttlingen , Germany
11 August  - 13 August
http://www.rocco-del-schlacko.de/

Bloodstock Open Air
Walton upon Trent, UK
11 August - 14 August
http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

Pukkelpop
Hasselt, Belgium
17 August - 20 August
https://www.pukkelpop.be/

Summer Breeze
Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17 August -  20 August
http://www.summer-breeze.de/

Highfield Festival
Störmthal, Germany
19 August -  21 August
http://www.highfield.de/

Lowlands
Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
19 August - 21 August
http://lowlands.nl/

Reading Festival
Reading, UK
26 August - 28 August
http://www.readingfestival.com/

Rock en Seine
Paris, France
26 August -  28 August
http://www.rockenseine.com/

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The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016.

After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content. Judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed industry experts, jurors found it difficult to choose this year’s highest honour Best European Independent Film 2016. ÉCU is proud to present our 2016 Award Winners:

Best European Independent Film 2016 THE CHICKEN (Croatia/Germany) Una Gunjak
Best European Independent Dramatic Short HORSEFACE (Spain) Marc Martinez Jordán
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature VANITAS (Belgium) Oscar Spierenburg
Best European Independent Documentary WOMEN IN SINK (UK/Israel) Iris Zaki
Best European Independent Experimental Film REFUGEES (Netherlands) Eduardo Hernandez Perez & Hans Jaap Melissen
Best Independent Music Video CIRCLES (Estonia) Helen Takkin
Best Independent Animation THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD (Germany) Dennis Stein-Schomburg
Best Independent Comedy DISCIPLINE (Switzerland) Christophe M. Saber
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short THUNDER ROAD (USA) Jim Cummings
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature KIDNAP CAPITAL (Canada) Felipe Rodriguez
Best Non-European Independent Documentary LIFE ON THE BORDER (Iraq/Syria) Basmeh Soleiman, Delovan Kekha, Diar Omar,
Hazem Khodeideh, Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, & Zohour Saeid
Best Student Film THE VAN BOMMEL BROTHERS (BELGIUM) Laurens Jans
Best Short Script 6TH OF SEPTEMBER (Romania) Ionut Gaga
Best Feature Script AS AN ACTRESS (Austria) Maria Hinterkörner
Best Actor PATRICK’S DAY (Ireland) Moe Dunford
Best Actress LOVE/ME/DO (UK) Rebecca Calder
Best Editing THE WAY OF TEA (France) Coban Beutelstetter
Best Cinematography THE SEED (Belgium) Kassim Olivier Ahmed
Best Director THE MAN OF MY LIFE (France) Mélanie Delloye
Special Jury Mention SEMILIBERI (Italy) Matteo Gentiloni
BALCONY (UK) Toby Fell-Holden
WELCOME (Spain) Javier Fesser
Audience Award WHILE YOU WERE AWAY (UK) Ben Mallaby
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence
in Arab Filmmaking LITTLE GANDHI (Turkey/USA/Syria) Sam Kadi
Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking UNTIL 20 (USA) Jamila Paksima & Geraldine Moriba


Bleached

Bleached
Welcome the Worms
Dead Oceans Records

Great, powerful L.A. pop-punk. Much prefer Welcome the Worms to Jennifer and Jessie Clavin’s 2013 release Ride Your Heart. Favorite tracks “Keep On Keepin’ On” and “Sour Candy”.

Visit Bleached at Facebook and iTunes


Margo Price Photo Credit: Angelina Castillo for Third Man Records

Margo Price Photo Credit: Angelina Castillo for Third Man Records

Margo Price
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Third Man Records

Debut album from the Nashville based singer-songwriter. It’s retro-country with a lot of soul.

Visit Margo Price at Facebook and iTunes


Gun Outfit
Gun Outfit
Two Way Player
Wharf Cat Records

Olympia to LA rockers Gun Outfit have released their EP. Featured here are three sample tracks: “Expansion Pact”; “Make Me Promise”; and “King of Hearts”. As to Carrie Keith’s vocal on this latter Lucinda Williams cover – totally on target.

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Sophie_banjoSophie Tapie is known for her work in music, film and television. On 9 April, she takes center stage at The European Independent Film Festival presenting her experience-based views on barriers and keys to success for women in film and music.

The purpose of this workshop is to further understanding of the barriers and keys to success through the personal experiences and observations of featured speaker, Sophie Tapie. In addition, the program is intended to facilitate the networking among people interested in issues related to participation of women in film and music and to suggest action points.

Sophie Tapie was born in Paris in 1988. At 17, she went to London in order to attend classes in music, dance, and comedy at “The Arts Educational School.” Following two years of study, she graduated and returned to France with the certainty that music will govern her life. She has met with and worked with different authors / composers / French interpreters, she seeks her style, her voice …

Passionate and hard working, in parallel to her music, she has performed in theater (Oscar) and made a film (24 days Alexandre Arcady), a TV series (Commissioner Valencia), and she hosts a TV show (Equidia TV).

In 2012, she participated in The Voice. Noticed by the Canadian label Vega Music, Sophie moved to Montreal for a few months to work with Steve Marino and a successful director from Montreal, Steve Marino. In 2015 she released her album, “Sauvage”: 12 tracks that make us look and travel in a world full of humor and lucidity, ideals and freedom.

Follow Sophie on Facebook and Twitter


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